42 apply for county manager
IF YOU GO
What: Douglas County Board of Commissioners
When: 9 a.m. Thursday
Where: 1616 Eighth St., Minden
Applications closed Monday for the second effort to hire a Douglas County manager.
County Human Resources Director Wendy Lang reported 42 applicants, of whom 40 have agreed to allow their applications to be published.
On Thursday, Lang is scheduled to update commissioners on the applicants and the procedure for selecting a new county manager.
The first effort came to a halt in August when a panel appointed to winnow down the candidates refused to recommend any of them.
In their second try, commissioners plugged that leak by requiring the panel name some candidates for the position.
Interim County Manager Jenifer Davidson could get a pay bump Thursday as commissioners discuss increasing her compensation to that of county manager while she’s serving in the capacity.
Davidson has essentially run the county since former manager Larry Werner retired on Aug. 31.
Davidson announced she was going to apply for the position, and received positive feedback from the board.
A contentious meeting on the county manager search occurred Nov. 21 where some residents opposed Davidson on the grounds her father had purchased tires stolen from the county by Chris Oakden.
Davidson said she learned that the Nevada Division of Investigation was aware of her father’s involvement.
The case is being investigated at the state level due in part because Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson took on the internal investigation.
He previously told commissioners three Douglas employees lost their jobs over the thefts orchestrated by Oakden who was in charge of the motor pool for a decade, during which time he charged more than $1 million in tires to county taxpayers and sold them himself.